academics at Thai Studies Conference send weak and meaningless message
to Thai junta
Truth Thailand July 23, 2017
the military junta, the repression and the destruction of academic freedom
in Thailand, it was "business as usual" for most of the foreign academics
who attended the 13th International Thai Studies Conference in Chiang Mai
Timor election: mass turnout amid reported threats
Morning Herald July 22, 2017
major parties appear set to dominate voting on Saturday in East Timor's
fourth parliamentary elections since the tiny half-island nation gained
its independence 15 years ago.
consolidates its young democracy
Studies Association of Australia July 22, 2017
a colourful and noisy event, unblemished so far by the violence that marred
the first few years of independence, Timor-Leste prepares for its fourth
parliamentary elections this Saturday. By conventional criteria, it has
passed the test of consolidating its young democracy.
orders police to gun down foreign drug traffickers
Post July 22, 2017
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to impose
the sternest sanctions on drug dealers operating in Indonesia, including
gunning them down if necessary.
religious ministry to propose tougher blasphemy laws
Correspondent July 21, 2017
Ministry of Religious Affairs is preparing revisions to the country's so-called
Religious Rights Protection Bill that would significantly expand the definition
of blasphemy and allow harsher punishments for the crime of insulting religion.
police chief touts killing drug dealers as crime solution
Rights Watch Dispatches July 21, 2017
head of Indonesia's police on Thursday unveiled a new policing approach
to combating drugs: shooting suspected dealers.
human rights concerns go unheard, and Thursday protest goes on
of America July 21, 2017
silent protest in front of the Indonesian Presidential Palace in Jakarta
has convened every Thursday afternoon for the last 10-and-a-half years,
and its participants have no plans to stop until the government addresses
their human rights concerns, many dating back to the Suharto era.
investigate mass organizations believed to be 'anti-Pancasila'
Post July 21, 2017
National Police are investigating a number of organizations believed to
be acting against the state ideology of Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution,
a day after the government banned Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia
bill passed, presidential threshold intact
Post July 21, 2017
House of Representatives approved late on Thursday a long overdue election
bill, which now only awaits the President's signature to become law.
Unilever and Nestle accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction
Guardian (Australia) July 21, 2017
Unilever and Nestle have been accused of complicity in the destruction
of Sumatra's last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans,
rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem.
Indonesia mine workers extend strike for fourth month
July 21, 2017
estimated 5,000 workers at the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan
Inc's (FCX.N) Indonesian unit will extend their strike for a fourth month,
a union official said on Friday, in an ongoing dispute over layoffs and
coal-fired power boom 'bankrolled by foreign governments and banks'
Guardian (Australia) July 20, 2017
much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled
by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently
too risky for the private sector.
youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBT rights
Correspondent July 20, 2017
through the streets of East Timor's capital Dili with a rainbow flag in
his hand, Natalino Guterres was overwhelmed with emotion, reminding him
of how he felt 15 years ago when he saw the Timorese flag raised for the
Failing state or missed opportunity?
Diplomat July 19, 2017
is a lot of doom and gloom about the possibility of Timor-Leste becoming
a failed state. Caution is understandable, as failed states create regional
instability. However, there is a tendency to overlook the positive steps
that Timor-Leste takes toward stability.
Tahrir to challenge disbandment by government
Post July 19, 2017
group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) is set to file a lawsuit with the Jakarta
State Administrative Court (PTUN) to challenge the revocation of its legal
entity status and instruction to disband by the government, the group's
lawyer Yusril Ihza Mahendra has said.
ban of Islamist group undermines rights
Rights Watch Dispatches July 19, 2017
Indonesian government today ordered the disbanding of Hizbut Tahrir, a
conservative Islamist group that supports the creation of a Sharia-based
Islamic caliphate to replace the country's pluralist democracy.
banning 'extremist groups' is dangerous for Indonesia
Post July 19, 2017
week, Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed into law a decree to make
it easier for his government to ban any group it deems "extremist."
bans Islamic organisation Hizbut Tahrir to protect Pancasila
Morning Herald July 19, 2017
Indonesian government has banned Islamic organisation Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia,
claiming it needs to safeguard the existence of the nation's pluralist
state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.
Government officially disbands Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir
Correspondent July 19, 2017
government has legally disbanded fundamentalist group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia
(HTI) for threatening national unity and the state ideology in the world's
largest Muslim-majority country.
to murder Ahok detected on Telegram: Official claims
Post July 19, 2017
discovery of a plot to assassinate former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok"
Thajaja Purnama in a monitored conversation was one of the government's
reasons for blocking web access to the chat application Telegram, an official
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